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Ghost Script?[edit]

Do you have to have Ghost Script in order for Scribus to work?

Scribus uses ghostscript for PDF exporty or can run it without. -(someone wrote sometime)

"Install Ghostscript before installing Scribus. Ghostscript 8.54+ or newer is recommended. This is important for EPS,PS import and printing. Note: The correct .exe name for Ghostscript is gswin32c.exe, not gswin32.exe. Setting this properly will avoid error messages on start up and Scribus will auto-detect Ghostscript's location on install."[1]-- 14:45, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

Scribus works without Ghostscript, but the following features will be unavailable:

  • importing EPS or PS
  • using EPS, PS or PDF in imageframes
  • print preview

Andreas.vox (talk) 13:15, 17 July 2009 (UTC)


Does anybody know how the compatibility with InDesign is as far as file types and layout support? --Taylor 13:59, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Cannot import Quark, InDesign[edit]

  • Why are there no import filters for Quark, Indesign or other commercial DTP applications?
Because it would be too hard technically, and there are legal issues.[2]
  • So, how can I work with others who might have other DTP applications?
"Use EPS, SVG or PDF as an exchange format. Scribus created PDFs can be easily imported into a number of commerical applications. SVG import is excellent for vector artwork. Scribus can import EPS files as long as they are conformant to the specs - this includes spot colors in DCS 2.0 files. The documentation has detailed notes covering these subjects."[3]-- 15:20, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
Legal issues, you are wrong as Open Office would be in trouble for the ability to import Microsoft Office documents. Corel for Corel Paint Shop Pro's ability to import photoshop documents etc. Cartoonborg
Even if it is legal, the Scribus team would need money to defend against a claim from e.g Quark
That is an stupid excuse. Blender 3D does since ages. The FSF privdes legal defense. You cannot protect file format reading, another urban legend. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:46, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

Windows 2000/XP only[edit]

"Windows 98 and ME have not been tested and are not supported. Any and all bug reports relating to Windows 9X/ME will be closed quickly. Why? There are many functions in Scribus which depend on features available only on Windows 2000 or Windows XP."[4]-- 14:53, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

Does anyone know if Windows 9x has ever been supported by any older version of Scribus? If so, please add to the table as "Last version to support Windows 98 and Me". I have seen the statement on the website but not clear if this means "ever" or just "recent versions". (talk) 22:32, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

How can I add extra margins?[edit]

Is it possible to add extra margins to a finished pdf file? I need those for printing. Keijo

High end[edit]

What exactly are the "high end" features that this app has that are similar to the industry standard Quark and InDesign??? I've not heard of any "professional" designers using this program at all. My take has been that Scribus is more or less in line with Publisher, Pages or other similar DIY layout apps? And if so, why is this program always listed in graphic design articles here on wikipedia as being "similar"? 17:48, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

color management, CMYK, PDF/X3, layers, text flow around (shaped) frame(s), drop shadows, scripting, styles etc.
Feel free to supplement List_of_desktop_publishing_software with a Comparison_of_desktop_publishing_software--Hhielscher 19:51, 29 April 2007 (UTC)


With roughly 15 Weblinks this article is more a link list than anything else. You should clean it to bring it down to the 4 or 5 most important links + one link to a link database. -- 14:20, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

Limits Missing Features[edit]

The article needs to highlight the limits and missing features of the program similar to the Gimp Article. Cartoonborg

Fair use rationale for Image:Scribus logo.png[edit]

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It is helpful to know which LiveCDs contain an application, to be able to try it out. It seems that Puppy Linux has Scribus. Any other? - 00:49, 21 September 2007 (UTC)


Will Scribus ever have native support for editing PDFs? - 00:50, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

This is not planned for the near future, see roadmap. You might want to use the right tool for the right job: PDFedit.--Hhielscher 10:28, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

Proportional Fonts[edit]

The article says, "PDFs exported from Scribus are not searchable in Acrobat Reader if the document contains proportional fonts." and that sentence has two citations. However, I don't see any mention of this problem in either of the links. Can someone clarify this or remove the claim? Superm401 - Talk 08:18, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

That statement is wrong. Up to Scribus 1.3.3.x, when the user selected "outline/subset font", the font was converted to PDF objects which made the text non searchable. Recent Scribus versions instead create a PDF Type 3 font with a matching ToUnicodeMap and that makes the PDF searchable.Andreas.vox (talk) 13:16, 17 July 2009 (UTC)


Can we put the Scribus releases into a table similar to:

Colour Meaning
Red Old release; not supported
Yellow Old release; still supported
Green Current release
Blue Future release
Version Code name Testing name Release date Supported until Features and Changes
4.10 Warty Warthog Sounder 2004-10-20[1] 2006-04-30[2] Initial release; ShipIt
5.04 Hoary Hedgehog Array 2005-04-08[3] 2006-10-31[4] Update Manager; Upgrade Notifier; readahead; grepmap; laptop suspend, hibernate and standby; dynamic frequency scaling; Ubuntu hardware database; Kickstart; installation from USB devices; UTF-8 by default; APT authentication
5.10 Breezy Badger Colony 2005-10-13[5][6] 2007-04-13[7] Usplash (graphical boot sequence); "Add/Remove..." application tool; easy language selector; logical volume management support; full Hewlett-Packard printer support; OEM installer support; Launchpad integration
6.06 LTS Dapper Drake Flight 2006-06-01[8][9] 2009-06 (desktops) Long Term Support (LTS) release; LiveCD and Install CD merged onto one disc; Ubiquity graphical installer on LiveCD; Usplash on shutdowns; Network Manager for easy switching of multiple wired and wireless connections; 'Humanlooks' theme implemented using Tango guidelines, based on Clearlooks and featuring orange colours instead of brown; LAMP installation option; installation to USB devices; GDebi graphical installer for package files [10]
2011-06 (servers)
6.10 Edgy Eft Knot 2006-10-26[11][12] 2008-04 Ubuntu 'Human' theme heavily modified; Upstart init daemon; automated crash reports (Apport); Tomboy notetaking application; F-spot photo manager; EasyUbuntu merges into Ubuntu via meta-package installs and features
7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 2007-04-19[13] 2008-10 Migration assistant; Kernel-based Virtual Machine support; easy codec and restricted drivers installation; Compiz desktop effects; Wi-Fi Protected Access support; PowerPC support dropped; Sudoku and chess games added; disk usage analyser (baobab) added; GNOME Control Center; Zeroconf for many devices
7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 2007-10-18[14][15] 2009-04 Compiz Fusion by default;[16] AppArmor security framework;[17] fast desktop search;[18] fast user switching;[18] some plug-ins for Mozilla Firefox now handled by APT (Ubufox);[19] graphical configuration tool for;[19] a revamped printing system with PDF printing by default;[19] full NTFS support (read/write) via NTFS-3G
8.04 LTS Hardy Heron[20] Alpha 2008-04-24[21] 2011-04 (desktops) Long Term Support (LTS) release;[22][23]; Better Tango compliance[24]; compiz usability improvements; tracker integration;[25]; Brasero disk burner, Transmission BitTorrent client and Vinagre VNC client by default[26]; PulseAudio by default[27]
2013-04 (servers)
8.10 Intrepid Ibex[28] Alpha 2008-10-30 2010-04 Complete interface redesign; improvements to mobile computing and desktop scalability; increased flexibility for Internet connectivity[29]

Altonbr (talk) 03:52, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

I didn't see this comment but just wanted to say I have done just this (though not exactly the format you were suggesting here) and have renamed from "Milestones" to the more-common "Release History" (after-all, from version there aren't any notable milestones to speak of -- maybe someone would like to add more information?). Hope you all like! (talk) 16:29, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

Broken References[edit]

Reference No. 5( is not working. I had a look on their website and could not find it's new location. Consider removing this information if it can’t be verified? William Branston (talk) 10:19, 21 February 2011 (UTC)

Reference No. 4, Scribus FAQ "Why are there no import filters for Quark, Indesign or other commercial DTP applications?", ( is not working. It appears that this should point to the following page:( Best guess for this

is a change in Scribus online docs to wiki style from some other system. 6:23pm, April 2012 (EDT) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:25, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

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